XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Achievements

Flight of the Valkyries

Win a mission with an all-female squad. Single player only.   

Before setting out on a mission, make sure all team members are female. If you lack enough female soldiers to fill a squad, hire more from the barracks. (You can’t actually select male or female when hiring.) As long as you have an all female squad and win the mission, the achievement will unlock.

TIP: The easiest way to get female recruits would be to hire a new soldier from the barracks, then save when you have 1 day left before they arrive. Fast forward time and see if you get a female soldier. If not, just reload and try again as you will eventually get a female to appear.

Alternate Method: (Thanks to Creech)

The Flight of the Valkyries can be obtained with just one squaddie. I used a female sniper to get the Lone Wolf achievement and unlocked Flight at the same time.

NOTE: All members don’t have to survive the mission, as long as you win, the achievement will still unlock.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by SterneRegniX
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 11:24:28 AM

Not working with S.H.I.V. in the squad (maybe have the balls of steel)!

Comment #2 by deadpool316
Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 04:44:16 AM

din't unlock for me frist time

Comment #3 by deadpool316
Friday, October 19, 2012 @ 07:11:51 AM

got it on my 2nd try.

Comment #4 by Jbolo1988
Monday, October 22, 2012 @ 01:02:00 AM

I actually wanted to do this, but it will need to wait due to the fact that my (one that must not die) is a male heavy.

Comment #5 by Zosete
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 10:51:00 AM

@Deadpool. Did you have any casualties? Full six squad and didn't unlock. (two casualties). Also one woman only on a solo mission and neither.

Comment #6 by Zosete
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 06:44:06 PM

And again. I think that switching difficulty is preventing me for getting it. They're working, definitely, because I had the explosive one just with the last kill.
I had to reload because the game froze just at the endscreen, but according to the videos that's where the achievement should pop up. Otherwise it was a no reloading game mission.

Comment #7 by Tricky Buto
Thursday, October 25, 2012 @ 02:06:48 AM

@6 Got this achievement with full six female on normal. Never changed difficulty though, so that's probably your problem.

Comment #8 by Jbolo1988
Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 12:58:31 AM

Probably easiest to do this when you only have 4 player slots. Just hire a bunch of soldiers and use 4 women for one mission.

Comment #9 by Zosete
Sunday, October 28, 2012 @ 06:57:10 PM

Yup. A 4 squad even when I had place for 6. Never switching is the thing. Lone wolf also unlocked without any problem.

Comment #10 by KohrinSoulez
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 04:02:14 PM

took me 2 tries to get this to pop, but i did same team and 2nd time when i did popup even lost one of squard, used 6 members- all women (no shivs) hope this helps, goodluck

Comment #11 by KohrinSoulez
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 04:03:53 PM

took me 2 tries to get this to pop, but i did same team and 2nd time when i did popup even lost one of squard, used 6 members- all women (no shivs) hope this helps, goodluck

Comment #12 by Cool swedish
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 @ 02:15:06 PM

Do you need a full squad for it to work?

Comment #13 by skeggs1664
Monday, May 27, 2013 @ 04:44:56 PM

I managed to stack this achievement with lone wolf doing classic iron man.

Comment #14 by synchro
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 06:26:06 AM

wtf? i just did this and no casualties, excellent on both ratings yet i didn't get it?

Comment #15 by synchro
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 10:36:47 AM

er... how do u get this cheev? i've done it twice wo a single loss, excelent on both ratings, no dead, one wounded.. wtf?? 6 women on each mission

Comment #16 by synchro
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 01:47:39 PM

ok, done 2 crashed ships and one extraction mission ['extraction' after i turned off xbox for a half hour] with a 6 woman group, 5 Cols and one Sgt and STILL no cheev.

this cheevo is buggered.

Comment #17 by synchro
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 11:20:00 AM

6 i shall spell that

SIX times i finished this with all SIX female squad members.

still didn't register.

to say i am pissed is an understatement cos i lost 2 'support' troops which i am very short of and i prefer 2 SUPPORT troops in a 6 troop squad for their pre-emptive reaction fire AND 6 medikits that heal 6-8 pts each-or have one with 3 extra tiles movement [useful in 'Terror' missions alongside ASSAULT troops].

Comment #18 by synchro
Sunday, July 28, 2013 @ 08:46:45 PM

started a new game on easy, got 6 female squad members, 4 squaddies, 2 colonels.. did it... still no cheev.

has anybody got this same problem? i'm thinking of reinstalling cos this is getting fkn stupid.

Comment #19 by synchro
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 01:16:26 AM

ok, finally got this.
if anyone else can't get this this is how i did it-

6 females, 2 Cols, 4 Sqs;

1st- shot down UFO mission;

2nd- alien abduction mission w 3 upgraded Sqs;

3rd- bomb defusion;

the cheev popped up on the vid for flight back.
thank fuck. most annoying cheev yet.

Comment #20 by ArbitraryCoder5
Monday, August 05, 2013 @ 11:34:14 PM

Your'e the first person i've seen who says that much in a row in these..

Comment #21 by NuVioN
Sunday, August 11, 2013 @ 11:02:31 AM

I had the same issue, it didn't pop after completing a mission with a all female squad.

Comment #22 by xGoreGrinderx
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 @ 06:09:24 AM

Did not pop with a 6 woman squad, but did with a 4 woman squad. 4 may be the magic number for this one. It pops on the mission rating screen that comes up immediately upon the last kill of the mission, before the Skyranger flies back to base.

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Game Info
Firaxis Games
2K Games


US October 09, 2012
Europe October 12, 2012

HDD Space Required : 7.08 GB
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
Price: $39.99USD
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